Let Jesus Alter Your Life
The first mention of an altar in the Bible can be found in the book of beginnings also known as Genesis. Noah, a righteous man, and a Prophet of God built an ark (a big boat) at God’s command and according to God’s specific instructions. The ark was the instrument that God used to preserve humankind and animal life in the earth, during the forty-day flood that He sent to the earth. Noah, a hero of faith, built an altar as soon as he and his family departed the ark as a sign of their dedication to God. Noah worshipped and honored God by building an altar and sacrificing only clean (ceremonially pure1) animals from the ark. An altar is a place of sacrifice1 Sacrifice was an external act of worship which moved the offering from earthly to the spiritual2. God protected Noah and his family throughout the flood. Saving only his family from the drowning torrential rain that killed all of humankind! It was up to them to bring forth children to engender the human race in the earth. I submit to you that God blessed Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, to be the founders of all ethnic groups of the nations because of their faithfulness and dedication to God.
To alter means to change. God does not alter His Word. He says what He means, and He means what He says. His Word is absolute, supreme, and immutable. Covenants in the Bible are between God and man or between man and man. In fact, the entire Bible is founded on two covenants namely: The Old Covenant and The New Covenant. A covenant is an agreement between two parties. The covenant binds the two parties, and it cannot be easily broken. The really important covenants are the ones between God and man. God’s Covenant with Noah was that He would never judge the earth again by flood. The rainbow is the sign of this covenant between God and Noah (humanity). To this present-day God has not had a need to alter the Noahic Covenant. God’s Word is trustworthy.
An exchange takes place at the altar. We give God our human weaknesses and God gives us supernatural help. One visit to the altar will alter your life forever in an incredibly positive way.
Altar: And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. Genesis 8:20 (King James Version)
Alter: My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Psalms 89:34 (King James Version)